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Valley Forge Military College – CASS (Center for the Advancement of Security Studies)


Valley Forge Military College’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) hosted a panel of experts to discuss the current and future terrorist and cybersecurity threats to America. In an apolitical framework, the panel deciphered the rhetoric surrounding these “hot-button” issues, and provided their assessment of America’s national security. CSFI was well represented by USAF COL (ret) Steve Korns who’s a Senior CSFI Fellow and Cyber Lead at Redhorse Corporation.

For information on Valley Forge Military Academy and College:

“Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, or Hot Air?: Assessing the Current and Future Terrorist and Cybersecurity Threats to America”

Special thanks to Dr. Earl J. Catagnus Jr, Assistant Professor of History and Security Studies at Valley Forge Military College and the absolutely superb academic team from VFMC!

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USAF COL (ret) Steve Korns and Cadets

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Outstanding Panelists included.

Jack Tomarchio – Mr. Tomarchio is a former Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Operations at Department of Homeland Security, and is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the Pennsylvania State University and on the Board of Advisors of the Drexel University Cyber Security Institute.

George Schwartz, Ed.D. – Dr. Schwartz is currently the Chair of Professional Studies at Immaculata University where he manages the Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Planning & Management, and launching a Bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity. Additionally, he is a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army National Guard, and in that capacity he serves as the Deputy Commandant, Reserve Affairs at the U.S. Army War College, and Assistant Adjutant General for the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Kevin Hyde – Mr. Hyde is currently the Managing Director of Layer 8 Security, LLC, a technology and consulting firm dealing specifically with the multifarious aspects of cybersecurity facing business, industry, and government. He is also a USMCR Major, intelligence officer, who served for three years as a Strategic Cyber Planner at U.S. Cyber Command.

Steve Korns – Mr. Korns currently serves as Vice President and Cyber Lead at Redhorse Corporation, a San Diego based technology and IT services company. He is a retired U.S Air Force Colonel who contributed directly to National and DoD cyber initiatives, including as a member of the Presidential Commission for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, Director of Cyber Operations Assessments at U.S. CYBER COMMAND, Chief of Staff at the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, and Director of the DoD Global Network Operations and Security Center.

Description of VFMC’s Center for the Advancement of Security Studies:
VFMC Center for the Advancement of Security Studies (CASS) is a virtual coordinating center that houses faculty expertise to develop programs, manage outreach, create internship opportunities, and share information to serve students, academics, military professionals, industry leaders, and policy makers. The Center directly supports students enrolled in the Justice & Security Studies major with resources provided by the faculty who are both practitioners and scholars.

Valley Forge Military College – CASS (Center for the Advancement of Security Studies) is a CSFI Educational and Strategic Supporter. 

Special thanks to Redhorse Corporation:



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Career Thoughts

I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to manage and run one of the biggest and most active forums on the Internet dealing with cyber warfare and cyber security – CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative). With over 16 years of cyber security experience, I continue to actively raise Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security awareness worldwide. I have worked as a Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where I designed and approved secure networks for MSS. I have also consulted for several governments, military and private institutions on best network security practices throughout my career.

CSFI and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division), CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division) and CSFI-WD (Wireless Division) continue to grow and expand with more than 60,000 information security members.

One of my personal goals is to serve our security community to the best of my abilities, in the protection and defense of our American national security interests, the American people, and that of our international partners. I am always ready to serve and to give of my time and skills to help our society with the growing problems we experience in cyberspace. I thank God and my family for the opportunities I have had in life and the most precious of all opportunities, which is the chance to serve others. I love what I do, and I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family and our CSFI members.


Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director

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